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cosmopolitan international city, were east meets west. then and now, muslims and christians on mexico exist to a different degree and the american missionary presence in the middle east was significant in beirut and it became sort of launching pad for creating what became the greatest university in the region because of this action. >> at the university happened but in another middle eastern city and survived? >> perhaps, but the american presence was no greater anywhere else in addition to being ambition is an visionary and practical and compassionate come was very picchu radically american. he wanted to create a school that was not going to be controlled by other nationalities or other interests. he wanted a score that represented the american model of education, that this american values and key people in the middle east and awareness that american education was something that would benefit their lives every day in tangible ways and he succeeded. >> why is it important to tell the story? >> has most middle easterners and americans for example are aware of this longer, deeper, humanitaria
in my campus community, made a commitment to invest in the city as well which was really the turning point in my life and set me on a completely different trajectory. i was president of my student body, i interned for congressman joseph p. kennedy who has since required, a congressman -- retired. i then went on to work for united states senator john kerry for 11 years and ultimately was recruited to run for office, was elected in 2009. i am 38. this is where you say i look much younger than that. [laughter] i love coming to this space, good lighting. [laughter] but i think, again, i can speak to this personally because now that i am an elected official, the only woman serving on that body and the first woman of color in that body in its history -- mass. [applause] now, why does that matter, why is that relevant? i appreciate the applause, it has nothing to do with a personal achievement. i think it's a shared victory for all of us. it means that the solutions we're developing in government are more comprehensive and fully informed because of that perspective. so i've thought a great
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